Church membership isn’t just a useful tool in the pastoral tool belt; it’s the tool belt itself.
But Christ intends the local church to be a comfort and grace to all believers— even those who, like me, have been victims of church abuse.
As a professor of mine used to say, “there’s nothing wrong with a prooftext… as long as the text proves what you say it does.”
What do we do when someone takes exception to our church’s statement of faith?
The normal life for a Christian—even one outside their home country—is committed to a particular group of fellow brothers and sisters
Pastors committed to the importance of church membership need to be cautious. In our righteous zeal to address deficient views of the church, we may be tempted to an unrighteous zeal.
Sadly, individualism, consumerism, easy-believism, and unbiblical church polities have left many church members intentionally or unintentionally sidelined.
We should exercise biblical membership to correct my people’s growing misunderstanding of love, authority, and commitment.
We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.
Jesus Christ is committed to his church and publicly identifies with her. So should Christians in the Middle East—and every other part of the world.
Your membership process—whether shorter or longer—is a tool for discipleship, usually one of the first ones people come in contact with.
Keeping small groups from becoming mini-churches often takes intentionality and pastoral effort.
So what do you do about people who either are members or want to join, and are willing to attend regularly, but are not able?
The two-pronged goal of an interview is to (1) disciple the person, and (2) discern whether their profession of faith in Jesus is credible. You want to disciple and discern.
If church membership runs against the grain of our natural and national inclinations, then we need to be wise as to how we promote it.